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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lorrie #47 and #48

Interphasing, watercolor 10 x 13 inches

Chondrogenesis, watercolor 10 x 13 inches
These may look like abstracts -- and they were created by giving pigments and water a lot of freedom -- but they represent cells when viewed with a microscope. "Interphasing" refers to a cell that is busy with its daily activities, and "Chondrogenesis" refers to the growth of cartilage. For the latter painting, I sprinkled rock salt onto a damp turquoise wash to create the small circles of lighter color because the effect looks sooo much like cartilage. Studying cells and tissues microscopically was a huge wake-up for me to the artistic beauty of nature where I didn't expect it (in body organs!). I did these two pieces for an exhibit in a restaurant that's on the ground floor of the biotechnology building on U.C. Berkeley campus, where students might be amused to see this.

1 comment:

Kristin said...

what a creative idea, and a cool use of abstraction and playing with water and color. I hope the biotech students smile to see cell processes turned into art.